On Wednesday, April 14- exactly two years after the final season premiered and three days before the 10th anniversary of the series premiere- the Game of Thrones Twitter account sent fans into an emotional tumble when it tweeted, “Winter is coming.”
Although winter has gone, as we saw in Season 8, that phrase can mean a lot of things to a GOT fan. And we know of course, that Season 8 was not very well-received. Well, neither was this tweet.
“Winter has GONE,” wrote one Twitter user. “YOU BLEW IT.”
“Never before have I seen a series nose dive so hard and be abandoned by its fans and viewers,” wrote another. “I’m currently re-watching the show and it physically hurts to know how unrewarding the finale is. If y’all can revive this franchise, it would be a miracle.”
“Season 8 remake?” another fan suggested.
One person had a really great, if difficult, idea.
“Between us I’m ALL IN on us pretending it’s early 2019, season 8 hasn’t happened yet, and doing the damn thing fresh,” they said. “Our secret!”
What’s actually going on with the future of Game of Thrones, it’s a lot!
There are around six GoT spinoffs in development right now, at least.
The first one, and the only one that has actually been confirmed, is House of the Dragon. It is a GOT prequel and takes place 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones. It tells the story of House Targaryen and the civil war that threatened to tear the family apart and is based on George R. R. Martin’s book Fire & Blood and features some characters whose names will be familiar to anyone who paid attention to Game of Thrones history.
The series stars Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen, Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower, Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen, Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon, or The Sea Snake, Eve Best as Princess Rhaenys Velaryon, Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower, Sonoya Mizuno as Mysaria, and the newly added Fabien Frankel as Ser Criston Cole.
One other project in development centers around one of the characters in House of the Dragon. Lord Corlys Valaryon is also known as the Sea Snake, “the most famed nautical adventurer in the history of Westeros,” according to HBO. He’s married to Princess Rhaenys Targaryen, the cousin of King Viserys.
HBO is also reportedly developing a series based on Martin’s Dunk & Egg series of novellas, which are about a knight named Ser Duncan the Tall (or Dunk) and his squire, Egg, who eventually becomes King Aegon V. The stories are set around 90 years before Game of Thrones.
Another project would be set 1,000 years before the original HBO series and follow the legendary Nymeria, the warrior queen who founded Dorne, and yet another would be set in Flea Bottom, a slum of King’s Landing.
There is also an animated drama series in very early development, albeit there’s no word on what that show would actually look like yet.
Perhaps winter is truly coming, and the wait to shiver is on!